Bulletin - St. Mark Catholic Church

Second Sunday of Advent—December 7, 2014
St. Mark
Church and school
Wilmington, NC 28403
1011 Eastwood Rd.
910 392-0720
1013 eastwood rd.
910 452-2800
December 7, 2014
Second Sunday of Advent
Weekend Mass Schedule ~ Horario de Misas
Saturday 5:00 pm—nursery available
Sunday 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am;
nursery available during 9:30 and 11:30 only
1:30pm Spanish
(español los domingos a las 1:30,
todos los demás en Inglés)
Daily Mass Schedule
Mon, Wed, Thurs and Friday 8:30am;
Tues 8:30am and 6:00pm
Holy Days please check the bulletin and website
Días Santos por favor revise el boletín
y página web
Reconciliation ~ Reconciliación
Saturdays 3:30pm—4:30pm
Sábados 3:30—4:30
Call the office for individual Reconciliation
Llame a la oficina para hacer una cita
Adoration of the Eucharist
Fridays 9:00am until 9:00pm
Adoración de la Eucaristía
Viernes 9:00am hasta las 9:00pm
Baptism ~ Bautismo
Parish office 910 398-6509
Marriage ~ Matrimonio
Parish office 910 398-6509
Contact the Parish office six months in advance
Comuníquese con el sacerdote
seis meses antes de la boda
Anointing of the Sick or Funerals
Unción de los Enfermos o de Funerales
Parish office 910 398-6509
"The mission of St. Mark Catholic Church
is to invite, inspire, educate, and lead people
to know and love Jesus Christ;
to understand and live their Catholic faith;
to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel
through love and service to one another."
"La misión de la Iglesia Católica de San Marcos
es invitar, inspirar, educar y guiar a la gente
para conocer y amar a Jesucristo,
entender y vivir la fe católica
y proclamar la Buena Nueva del Evangelio
a través del amor y el servicio a los otros ".
First Reconciliation—First Communion
Primera Reconciliación—Primera Comunión
Anne Doyle, 910 398-6511
Confirmation for Youth
Confirmación de la Jovenes
Confirmation for Adults
Confirmación para Adultos
Parish office 910 398-6509
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Paul Townend, 910 792-1931
[email protected]
Second Sunday of Advent—December 7, 2014
Special Announcements
Today’s Gospel
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.”
John the Baptist appeared in the desert
proclaiming a baptism of repentance
for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside and all the
inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.
John was clothed in camel’s hair,
with a leather belt around his waist.
He fed on locusts and wild honey.
And this is what he proclaimed:
“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen
the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
En el libro del profeta Isaías está escrito:
He aquí que yo envío mi mensajero delante de ti,
a preparará tu camino.
Voz del que clama en el desierto:
"Preparen el camino del Señor,
enderecen sus senderos ".
En cumplimiento de esto, apareció en el desierto Juan el
Bautista predicando un bautismo de conversión,
para el perdón de los pecados.
A él acudían de toda la comarca de Judea y muchos
habitantes de Jerusalén; reconocían sus pecados y él los
bautizaba en el Jordán.
Juan usaba un vestido de pelo de camello,
ceñido con un cinturón de cuero y se alimentaba de
saltamontes y miel silvestre.
"Ya viene detrás de mí uno que es más poderosa que yo,
uno ante quien no merezco ni siquiera inclinarme para
desatarle la correa de sus sandalias.
Yo los he bautizado a ustedes con agua, pero
él los bautizará con el Espíritu Santo ".
Evangelio según san Marco 1, 1-8
Mk 1: 1-8
Remaining Advent Reconciliation Services
Cape Fear Deanery Churches
11:00 AM
7:00 PM
7:00 PM
7:00 PM
Did you know???
While most of the prayers that the priest offers at Mass
are offered out loud on behalf of all present, there are
several private prayers that he prays just for himself. These
prayers almost exclusively relate to the priest’s
unworthiness to be doing what he is doing.
So, for example, before the Gospel, if there is no
deacon, the priest prays: “Cleanse my heart and my lips,
almighty God, that I may worthily proclaim your holy Gospel.” And
before receiving Communion he prays, “May the receiving of your
Body and Blood, Lord Jesus Christ, not bring me to judgment and
condemnation, but through your loving mercy be for me protection
in mind and body and a healing remedy.”
These prayers are a reminder to the priest, and to all of us,
that while we are grateful for the gift of the Eucharist, we must
never be presumptuous in how we receive so great a gift! “Lord, I
am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say
the word and my soul shall be healed.”
Questions or ideas? Send them to
[email protected]
7:00 PM
Dec 9, 2014
St. Brendan the Navigator—
Sacred Heart—Whiteville
Dec 10, 2014
Our Lady of the Snows—
Dec 11, 2014
St. Stanislaus—Castle Hayne
Dec 16, 2014
St. Therese—Wrightsville Bch
Eucharistic Adoration
Fridays from 9:00am—9:00pm (with exceptions)
For information about Eucharistic Adoration please contact:
Bonnie Laurino (910) 508-8820
or Debbie Kotas at (919) 656- 5785
Second Sunday of Advent—December 7, 2014
Time, Talent & Treasure
Time and Talent
Drop off Christmas Donations for Domestic Violence
Victims—bin located near the Parish Hall
Mass, Church
Mass, Church
Little Lambs, Rm. 2
Knights Before Christmas Breakfast
Parish Hall after 9:30am Mass
Mass, Church
Misa en español, Iglesia
Confirmation I and II, School
Feast of the Immaculate Conception—Mass, Church
Pack 215 Cub Scouts, Parish Hall
Feast of the Immaculate Conception—Mass, Church
Adult Scripture Study, Rm. 7
Dec 7
Gifting Masses
TODAY, please place
new unwrapped toys
(infant to age 12)
under the tree in the
Gathering Space.
this year
St. Mark
Calendar of Events
Dec 8
goes up
Dec 9
Dec 10
Dec 11
Feast of
Our Lady
Dec 12
“Bread for
Life. . .”
DOZEN drop,
bin located
near the
Parish Hall
Dec 13
“Bread for
Life. . .”
DOZEN drop,
bin located
near the
Parish Hall
Dec 14
Are you new to St. Mark Parish? We are
anxious to WELCOME you to our parish family.
Registration is available via our website, or hard
copies of our registration form are available in the
literature rack outside of the chapel or outside room
10 in the education wing of the church. Please
complete a form INCLUDING YOUR EMAIL
ADDRESS IF YOU HAVE ONE and drop it in the
offertory or return it to the office so that we can
If you have questions, or if you have
completed a registration, but have not received a
response, please call 910 398-6508 or email:
[email protected]
8:00am SMCS PTO, Rms. 5 & 6
8:30am Daily Mass, Church
6:00pm Daily Mass, Church
SMCS Parenting Seminar, Parish Hall
6:45pm Charismatic Prayer, Chapel
7:00pm Baptism Prep in English, Rm. 7
Daily Mass, Church
Our Lady’s Rosary Makers, Rms. 5 & 6
Prayer Shawl Ministry, Church Library
Children’s Faith Formation (Gr. 1-5), School
RCIA Inquiry, Library
RCIC/Children’s Faith Formation (Gr. 1-5), School
STS Middle School Faith Formation, School
7:00pm Contemporary Choir Rehearsal, Church
RCIA Class, Rm. 7
Men’s Prayer Group, Rm. 7
Daily Mass, Church
CENACLE Prayer Group, Church
Bible Study, Rms. 5 & 6
Women of the Word, Rm. 7
Gabrieli Schola Cantorum Rehearsal, Church
Intro to Christian Morality, Rm. 5
BSA 215, Parish Hall
Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Church
K of C Planning, Rm. 7
Men’s Basketball Outreach, School GYM
5:00am Mañanitas, Iglesia ~ Celebración después, Parish Hall
8:30am Daily Mass, Church
9:00am Eucharistic Adoration, Chapel
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Atrium
7:00pm Feast of OLG Mass en español, Iglesia
Meals on Wheels Volunteers, Kitchen
Reconciliation, Confessionals
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Atrium
Vigil Mass, Church
-Drop off Book Donations for the Carousel Center for
abused children—box located in the Gathering Space
-Knights of Columbus Advent LAMB drive, sidewalk
after Mass
-Drop off Book Donations for the Carousel Center for
abused children—box located in the Gathering Space
-Knights of Columbus Advent LAMB drive, sidewalk
after Masses
Mass, Church
Mass, Church
Little Lambs, Rm. 6
Mass, Church
Misa en español, Iglesia
CROSSWALK , Parish Hall
When in doubt, please check with your ministry/group leaders.
Stewardship Thought
“Prepare the way
of the Lord…”
Mark 1:3
We are all called to live a holy life. We are
all called to invite others to live holy lives.
Living a stewardship lifestyle, being grateful
and generous with our gifts, does just that –
it puts us on the path to holiness and it
invites others to be holy, too.
Mass Attendance—Nov 22/23
Sat 5:00
Sun. 7:30
Sun. 9:30
Sun. 11:30
Sun. 1:30
Stewardship of Treasure
OFFERTORY for the week of Nov 22/23, 2014
Loose Cash
Total for Nov 22/23
Catholic Campaign
for Human Development
YTD as of November 22/23
+ $9,339.00
(Parking, Parish Hall, Activity Ctr.
and Columbarium Prev. Bal.)
Debt Reduction Received YTD
Construction Debt YTD
Second Sunday of Advent—December 7, 2014
Ministers of Holy
C o m mu n i o n
Training Sessions will
be held during the
Times and dates will be
published in the bulletin one
month prior to each training. If
you have questions regarding
EMHC’s please call Ron
Probst at 910-620-2717,
questions regarding Camillus
please call David Powell at
910 350-8936.
“You have put
on Christ, in Him you
have been baptized.
Alleluia, alleluia!”
Baptism Preparation classes
in English are held on the
second Tuesday of each month
at 7:00pm.
Clases de preparación
Bautismal en español se
celebra el primer sábado de
cada mes y comenzará
puntualmente a las 9:30 am.
For more information please
call (910) 398-6509.
Couples must contact the
office six months prior to their
planned wedding date to enter
Pre-Cana preparation.
For information about
wedding preparation contact the
office of the Pastoral Secretary,
at 910 398-6509.
Liturgy and Worship
Intentions for Dec 6—Dec 14, 2014 / Usher Team A—Usher Team B
Mass Schedule
Team A
Spanish Mass
Mass Intention
† Joe Mittal
Requested by
Norene & Andy Ferko
7:30 am
† Armand Droz and
† Kevin Wrublewski
† David Moore
Peter & Debbie Kotas
Nancy Moore
9:30 am
† Robert Cookston
Gloria Giammalvo
5:00 pm
CTK 6:00 pm
11:30 am
Pro Populo
1:30 pm
8:30 am
† Sargeil Romero
† Bill Williams
Miriam Barbour
Bob & Maureen Kain
8:30 am
Pro Populo
† Grilli & DeSanto families
† James Imbrogulio
Marty & Vivian DeSanto
Lucille Idiart
Donna Hampton & Kristy Kidney
6:00 pm
Kim Imbrogulio Schofield
8:30 am
† Kris Stoneman
† Cheryl Sandridge
8:30 am
† Vernon Dostal
James Klein
8:30 am
† Lois & Michael Collins
Bob Collins
7:00 pm
5:00 pm
† Robert Cookston
Joseph Silva
† Claudio Picasso
George & Terri Lerose
7:30 am
† David Moore
Nancy Moore
9:30 am
† Robert Cookston
Gloria Giammalvo
Team B
Spanish Mass
CTK 6:00 pm
11:30 am
Pro Populo
1:30 pm
† Sargeil Romero
Miriam Barbour
Additional intentions are now available, with two Masses on Tuesdays
and concelebrated Masses on Wednesdays and Fridays.
***Feast of the Immaculate Conception is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.***
Daily Mass has moved from the Chapel to the Church for Advent .
For a Mass Intention for a loved one, living or deceased (†), please contact Cathie Welch
in the church office—Room #10 or call (910) 398-6508.
Sanctuary Candle
& Flowers
Scripture Readings
December 7—December 14, 2014
Is 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85; 2 Pt 3:8-14; Mk 1:1-8
Second Sunday of Advent
is offered this week
in Memory of their beloved
baby granddaughter, Lily Hotmire
by Mike & Ebbie Yamat
Our Deceased
Michael Lauro
We pray always and
everywhere for all the souls
of the faithful departed
family and friends of our
St. Mark Parish Community.
this week
are provided by our
St. Mark Parish Community
To make donations for altar
flowers or the sanctuary candle
in honor or in memory of a loved
one, please come by or call the
parish office (910) 398-6508.
Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12;
Is 40:1-11; Ps 96; Mt 18:12-14
Is 40:25-31; Ps 103; Mt 11:28-30
Is 41:13-20; Ps 145; Mt 11:11-15
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab;
Jdt 13; Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47
Sir 48:1-4, 9-11; Ps 80; Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Third Sunday of Advent
Is 61:1-2a, 10-11; Lk 1; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8, 19-28
Second Sunday of Advent—December 7, 2014
Liturgy and Worship
The Power of Prayer—Please Pray for Our Sick
May They and Their Caretakers Know God’s Peace
Please make your prayer requests by emailing: [email protected] or by calling the church office (910) 392-0720.
Laurie Adams
Bobby Bailey, Sr.
Helen & Nicholas Bak
Percy Barbour
Evelyn Bass Hood
Angela Beal & Baby Chance
Paige Boatwright
Scott Braswell
Dawn Brown
Frank & Jeanne Bua
John Burton
Joyce Bussewitz
Mayela Cajar
Karolyn Campbell
Pauline Cannone
Charles Cassella
Mark Cassella
Lou Celender
Alice Choma
David Coleman
Robert Colon
Tony Croom
Danny Decker
Kitty DeMaria
Mary Derck
Darrell & Sharon Dismukes
Krystyna & Tony Droz
Margie Duke
Jeanna Elsisy
Brian Ennis
Anna and John Evanko
the Foreman Family
Christine & Bernard Foppe
David Foreman
Betsy Frase
Mike Gallagher
Taresa Gausman
Infant Ryleigh George
Claudia Good
Sue Good
Susan Goodlow & Infant Twins
Bob Gustafson
Sue Hack
Bill Harrigan
Joanne Harrigan
Kim Hashim
Sandy Hill
Bob Huntley
Bob Johnson
Janet Philips Johnson
Patricia Johnson
Clint Jones
Joseph Kloiber
Phyllis Knight
Ann Kurtz
Ted Lang
Doug Langan
Darlene Larkins
Rosemary Lauro
Betty Leddick
Stacy Lee
Courtney Lenaburg
Bob Lord
Ira Lowe
Alison Magnin
Trudy Mallon
Joan Malloy
Tony Manha
Rose Martyn
Maddie McPherson
Alex Monticello
Mary Catherine Moore
Jane Mruczek
Emory Oeser
Michael J. Oeser
Leigh Oliverie
Charlotte O’Neill
Mildred Paluch
Judi Paschall
Robin Pestone
Billy E. Philips
Amelia Quarto
Beth Richards
Jess Roggina
Rich Romanowski
Lucille Romeo
Phil Rose
Gregory Sarajak
Bernadette Secondo
Connie Siers
Margaret Smith
Major Aaron Smithley
Rose Sordellini
Ed Stapleton
Diane Starzee
Marjorie Steck
Jim Stock
Fred Streck
Lonnie Taylor
Phillip Thalheimer
Lori Tufts
Felice Van Eron
Jennifer Van Eron Viscosi
Carmen Vera
Fr. Joe Vetter
Joe Wagner
Fr. John Walsh
Helen Zawisza
If your name or that of a loved one has been removed, it is because it appeared for six weeks or more and you did not request an
extension. If prayers are still needed, you may request that a name be placed back on the list at any time.
To request that a name be added to the list of Prayers for the Sick, please call Cathie Welch at (910) 392-0720, ext. 249 or you can email
your request to: [email protected]
Sacramental Emergencies After Hours: In the event of TRUE LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES ONLY
Those needing the Anointing of the Sick after regular office hours or weekends please call (910) 399-1591.
The Spirit of the Liturgy
Alex Hill, Director of Music and Liturgy, 910 398-6514 / [email protected]
The Mass as a “Theophany”
Pope Francis often celebrates Mass in the chapel of the St. Martha “Domus” (residence hall) where he lives, worshiping with guests and
employees together. While acknowledging that some attend Mass with the Pope for “tourist” reasons, he also reminds them that it is much
more – it is a theophany. The root words are theo- (God) and –phanos (appearance). In other words, “God appears.” Pope Francis
reminds all of us that a Catholic Mass is not a “prayer service,” it is not a pious gathering of believers, and even with the Pope celebrating
it is not a “tourist attraction.” We “enter into the mystery of God,” a very real Divine Presence at Mass. Pope Francis says,
When we celebrate Mass, we are not re-enacting the Last Supper: no, it is not a re-enactment. It is something more: it really is the
Last Supper. It is really living the Passion and the redemptive death of the Lord once more. It is a theophany: the Lord is present on
the altar to be offered to the Father for the salvation of the world. We hear or say, “I have to go to Mass, I have to go to hear Mass.”
We do not “hear” Mass, we participate in this theophany, in this mystery of the Lord's presence among us.
We will do well today to ask the Lord to give us a “sense of the sacred,” this sense that we understand that it is one thing to pray at
home, pray at church, pray the Rosary, pray many beautiful prayers, do the Way of the Cross, so many beautiful things, read the
Bible ... and another to celebrate the Eucharist. In the celebration we enter into the mystery of God, on that path that we cannot
control: only He is the One, He is the glory, He is the all-powerful, He is everything. We ask for this grace that the Lord teach us to
enter into the mystery of God.
The liturgy is God's time and God's space, and we must place ourselves there, in God's time, in God's space without watching the
clock. All of you come here, we gather here to enter into the mystery: this is the liturgy. It is…the cloud of God that surrounds us all.
As we begin a new liturgical year, we are reminded what the Church has consistently taught from the beginning. We don’t come together
on Sunday for a social function, a Christian music concert, a motivational seminar, or a prayer service. We come to “enter into the
mystery,” a very real encounter with God, in Flesh and Spirit. Each Mass is the “Incarnation” when Christ comes to us “in the flesh” as
Emmanuel - God With Us.
Save the Date for a St. Mark Christmas Eve Concert and Midnight Mass
On Christmas Eve at St. Mark, we have a wonderful tradition to celebrate the joy and beauty of Christ's birth. At 11 pm in the Church, you
are invited to a Christmas concert sponsored by the St. Mark Music Ministry, featuring choirs, soloists, organ, and orchestra. This year we
will hear “Classics of Christmas” with excerpts from Handel's Messiah, Pietro Yon's Gesu Bambino, music of Bach, Britten, and other
beloved Christmas works. Following the concert, the orchestra and vocalists will stay to celebrate the “Midnight Mass” at 12 am, with all
the beauty and solemnity as befits the birth of our Lord and Savior. Come celebrate with us!
Second Sunday of Advent—December 7, 2014
Spiritual Growth Opportunities & Support
Biblical/Scriptural Learning for Adults
Support Ministries
Weekly Bible/Scripture studies are a staple of St. Mark Parish
Life. For more information, please see descriptions of our groups
via ACCESS under Available Activities or contact the leadership
of our Study Groups.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Ladies from the parish meet on the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm in the library to knit or
crochet shawls for those in need of consolation for loss or
illness. If you would like more information or you would like
to participate, please contact Jacque Ennis 910 686-3659.
Monday Evening Adults meet at 7:00pm in the Cana/
Conference Room #7 during the school year. “The current group
is full for The Lamb’s Supper study. The next study will begin
in January.”
Courageous Women now meets (every other week) on
Monday mornings in the Cana/Conference Room #7 at 9:00 AM.
For more information or to join this group, please contact Carolyn
Landenberg (910) 679-4048 or email [email protected] .
Thursday Morning Bible Study is held in Rooms 5 & 6
beginning with social time at 9:00am and class begins promptly at
9:15. Nursery is available during this weekly study Contacts are:
Mike Hession at 910-232-3676 or [email protected] or Sue
Hack at 910-512-2380.
Women of the Word Thursdays 11am - 12: 30pm. For more
W hitaker
[email protected] or 910-371-0724.
Prayer Groups
St. Mark Respect Life
Mary (910) 319-7911
Deacon Orlando Perez [email protected]
CENACLE OF LIFE - Every Thursday after morning Mass.
We will pray two rosaries for life after the 8:30 AM Mass. Please
come and join us in praying with Our Blessed Mother before Her
Son in the tabernacle for an increased respect for the dignity of all
human life.
Natural Family Planning (NFP)
For information, contact Allison Lamporte at (910) 279-6860 or
[email protected]
Charismatic Prayer Group
The Blessed Trinity Charismatic Prayer Group meets for
prayer, praise, sharing and intercession on Tuesday evenings
following the 6 PM evening Mass in the Chapel.
The first
Tuesday Mass intention is always for Life, Marriage and Religious
Freedom. All are welcome to attend any prayer meeting. If you
want to know more about the prayer group or the Catholic
Charismatic Renewal, contact any member of the leadership
team: Carl Rilling at 910 392-6064, or Mary Jo Harrington at
[email protected]
Men’s Morning Prayer Group
We’re looking for a few good Catholic men to engage in
spiritual combat. Every Thursday morning before the break of
dawn, men meet for an hour or more to pray the rosary and
study the Mass reading for the upcoming Sunday. Once
fortified, you’ll be able to more actively participate on Sunday
through better understanding of the scriptures. No experience
necessary. We provide everything. All that’s missing is you.
Join us Thursday mornings in Conference Room 7 at 6:30
Empty Cradle
Empty Cradle support group meets at St. Mark Church
on the third Wednesday of each month except December,
at 6:30 pm. We are a support group for parents that have
experienced ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, still birth and
infant loss. For more information, please contact Nora
Golden at: [email protected]
Faith Development & Fraternities for Adults
Wondering? Seeking a welcome? Saint Mark's program
of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) can help you. If you
have questions about the Catholic faith, please drop by for
Inquiry any Wednesday evening at 6:00pm in the church
library or contact Sandy at 910 686-9056 or Paul at
910-792-1931 or you can send an email to Paul at:
[email protected]
The local fraternity meets at 1:00pm on
the third Sunday of the month in the Cana
Conference Room (7) in the education wing
of St. Mark Church. For information on the
Secular Franciscan Order, please contact
Brenda Wells at (910) 256-8765 or Margaret
Horan at (910) 579-3212.
Knights of Columbus 12017
St. Mark Catholic Church
Dedicated to charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism,
fund-raising programs and social events. Meets
the 3rd Thursday of each month. (See
www.kofc12017.org) Contact: James Laraia, 937
-609-1753, [email protected]
Fr. James E. Waters Columbiettes Auxiliary
The Columbiettes is an auxiliary of the Knights of
Columbus committed to Marian devotion and extensive
community social outreach. Members are Catholic
women in good standing. Being married to a Knight is
not a requirement of membership.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a fraternal group
for men of Irish descent and is complimented by the Ladies
Ancient Order of Hibernians. For more information on
these groups, and the charities they support, please
contact: Maureen and Jim Quinn 910 686-5151.
Faith Formation and School News
Second Sunday of Advent—December 7, 2014
Pre-K thru Gr. 5
St. Mark Catholic School News
Anne Doyle, (910) 398-6511
[email protected]
910 452-2800 [email protected]
Children's Faith Formation Last Class for December:
Wednesdays, Dec. 10th
Don't forgot to celebrate Advent!!!!!
I am asking that each family think about one way they can
ADD something Advent into the next few weeks and TAKE
AWAY something about Christmas. In other words, try not to
rush into the Christmas season because it's not Christmas
yet! Advent started Nov.29th/30th - instead of hanging a
Christmas wreath on your front door, perhaps hang an Advent
wreath. A simple green wreath with purple ribbon wrapped
around it, some purple ornaments and perhaps one rose/pink
one would make a perfect Advent wreath. And then on Dec.
24th, you could replace your Advent wreath with a Christmas
wreath. Just try one different twist this year is all I ask! A few
other suggestions:
• Put an Advent wreath with the 4 candles
somewhere your family regularly gathers the kitchen table, dining room table or in the
living room! Each night light the appropriate
candle and pray. It only takes a few minutes
and will add to your Advent journey!
• Try not to put the Christmas tree up so early - and just let
it be for a while; as we get closer to Christmas - then decorate
the tree
• Write and send your Christmas cards DURING the
Christmas season - what a novel idea!
• Keep Christmas in your house until the Feast of the
Epiphany, don't take the tree and everything down the day
after Christmas!
Advent Angel Tree will be up December 8th
Each year the Children's Faith Formation office helps
our families at our mission church, Christ The King in
Riegelwood, NC, filling needs to make Christmas morning
a little brighter for the children and their parents. We do
this by putting Angels on the Christmas tree which will be
located in the Gathering Space, and parishioners pick
angels, and bring back the new items unwrapped. Then
we have some great volunteers that fill the wish list of the
needy families. Mark your calendars - our Angel Gifting
Tree - will be in the Gathering Space with angels on it
starting Monday, December 8th. Unwrapped gifts can be
placed under the tree OR dropped off at the Children's
Faith Formation office.
All gifts need to be dropped off by Sunday,
December 21st!
Help is needed to sort out clothes and toys
from our Angel Tree and to make up the bags
for our family assistance program. We will be
doing this Sat. Dec. 22nd/Sunday Dec. 23rd
after the Masses. Please contact Ms. Anne if
you would like to give a few hours and help put smiles on some
faces this upcoming Christmas season! Call (910) 398-6511 or
email Ms. Anne at [email protected] to
Ms. Mary Myers, Principal
Please look for St. Mark
School’s annual 3rd grade
Christmas Nativity Projects on
the weekend of December
13th and December 14th in the
Gathering Space. Every year
our students look forward to
s ha ri ng t he ir c re at i ve
Christmas Nativity Projects
with the parish.
The St. Mark PTO invites you to attend a free parenting
seminar on December 9, 2014 from 6 PM - 7:30 PM in the Parish
Hall. Nancy Kotz, MSW, LCSW will help parents learn how to
improve your child's willingness to listen; eliminate power struggles
and resolve conflicts, strengthen your connection with your
children, avoid common parenting errors, model the tools your child
needs to succeed, increase your child's responsibility for himself,
and encourage your child to make good choices. Free child care is
provided during the seminar. Please come early and plan to stay for
a lively question and answer time.
Youth Ministry
Melissa Quaranto
910 398-6510 / [email protected]
“Faith is a flame that grows stronger the more it is shared and passed on,
so that everyone may know, love and confess Jesus Christ.” -Pope Francis
STS (for anyone in grades 6-8) meets this Wednesday and there
will be a parent meeting in the Parish Hall. We are planning a social
event for all middle school students at Jungle Rapids NEXT
Wednesday evening, Dec. 10 at 6pm.
Please return permission forms and $19
to the Youth Ministry office.
FaithLife (Confirmation I and II)
Confirmation classes will meet tonight at 6pm. Please continue to
pray about a Saint Name and Sponsor to help you along your faith
journey. Sponsor forms should be completed in the presence of a
parish representative. Confirmation II students are encouraged to
attend the John 6:35 retreat with us January 30-February 1.
CROSSWALK meets next Sunday, December 14. We’ll be
learning about the origin of our favorite Christmas Carols,
decorating sugar cookies, and lots more! ANYONE in High School
is welcome to attend!
Mark Your Calendars
High School Ice Skating Social at the Ice House, 6-8pm on
Tuesday, Dec. 30
Christmas trees are here!! By purchasing a tree from our
Tree Lot you support Youth Ministry and Faith Formation at
St. Mark’s. Thanks for volunteering your time to work a shift!
Please consider supporting a teenager through our Angel
Tree – take an angel from the tree and fill a gift bag of goodies for
him or her. You may also choose to donate gifts for sick and needy
teenagers through Andrew’s Toy Box. The box is located beneath
our Angel Tree.
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A Special Christmas Thank You
from the Knights and Columbiettes
ALL are invited to join us in the Parish Hall following 9:30 Mass
on December 7th for our Parish Breakfast (regular prices apply)
and a special Christmas reading. We will also welcome a
visitor from the North Pole! (Great photo-op!)
The Knights and Columbiettes wish to thank
the Parish Community for all of their support
by presenting this Special Christmas Event!
Interested in finding out more about the Knights? Stop by their
table outside after Masses THIS weekend, or talk with any Knight.
New Unwrapped Toys will be collected
in the Gathering Space
and will later be
picked up and distributed by
Catholic Charities
Helping Domestic Violence Victims
Drop-Off donations the Weekend of Dec 6/7
(collection bin is located near the Parish Hall)
Any help you can offer for these deserving victims would be
greatly appreciated. Contact: Sonya Leonard 910 232-0396,
[email protected]
“Bread for Life . . .” A Gleaning Ministry
Claudette Fiskin, M.S.W., Director
Please donate the following essential non-food items to
“Bread for Life. . . “ on behalf of the elderly poor who receive pantry
services through this ministry:
The bin for the DAILY DOZEN collection will be located near
the Parish Hall. Please be sure to drop off your items when
you come to Mass NEXT weekend. Ministry volunteers will pick
up donations in a timely manner.
Whereas “Bread for Life’s . . .” mission is to “. . . feed the
hungry” (Matthew 25), our ministry strives to also provide the DAILY
DOZEN items to the seniors along with the monthly food
Currently BFL is providing full pantry services once a month to
over 300 seniors in the Greater Wilmington Area. Our ministry also
provides bread and produce tables to another 100+ seniors weekly.
On behalf of those we serve, thank you in advance for your
generosity in donating to our DAILY DOZEN drive for Christmas.
St. Anthony of Padua . . . Pray for us.
St. Mark Parishioners . . . Pray for us.
Parish Life and Community News
More News for Next Weekend and Beyond
From Toddlers to Teens,
everyone loves books!
We have been asked to help support the
Carousel Center for abused children with a
Christmas Collection—books for all ages—
Toddlers to Teens. Please bring new unwrapped books the
weekend of Dec 13/14. A collection box will be located in the
Gathering Space.
K of C LAMB Drive for Advent (Least Among My
Brethren—for intellectually disabled) will be on the sidewalk
after Masses NEXT weekend.
Come see what delicious treats the Columbiettes
have in store for you this year.
Each plate of assorted Christmas Cookies
will sell for $5.00.
Your purchases help support Columbiette charitable activities.
Thank you to all who have already donated to our Christmas
flowers collection for 2014. Your gifts in memory or honor of your
loved ones will help us to decorate our Church and the Activity
Center for the celebration of Christmas Masses. An envelope is
provided for those of you who receive regular offertory envelopes
at home. For those of you who use AUTO DRAFT or contribute
via personal check we have placed Floral Remembrance
envelopes on the table near the Chapel for your
convenience. We will be accepting donations until
December 17th for our Annual Remembrance
Booklet, which will be available for donors the
weekend of December 20/21. Thank you again for
your generous gifts.
Wilmington Catholic Radio 93.1 FM
Carolina Catholic Honors
Father Vincent R. Capodanno, Servant of God
CC’s December show welcomes Father Patrick Keane, Pastor
of St. Mark Catholic Church, as he shares the story of a Naval
Chaplain to the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, Servant of
God Vincent R. Capodanno, a Maryknoll missionary. Father
Capodanno died serving the men he loved, the "grunts" of the
Marine Corps. Known as the "Grunt Padre" to the men he served,
this holy man gave his life while trying to protect the life of a
corpsman. His heroic service and death earned him the
Congressional Medal of Honor, a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and
the love and admiration of the Marine Corps. A book on his life,
The Grunt Padre, is a beautiful testimony to his courage, humility,
and love that those who served with him witnessed first-hand.
This loving tribute to Father Capodanno can be heard on
Wilmington Catholic Radio 93.1 FM the second and third
weekends of December, Saturdays December 13th and 20th at
11:00 AM and Sundays, December 14th and 21st at 6:00 PM.
This show can also be heard on the WCR website at
wilmingtoncatholicradio.com by clicking on the Carolina Catholic
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More News & Staff Directory
St. Mark Employment Opportunities
Our St. Mark Nursery is seeking new staff members 18 yrs.
of age and older. You must be available for weekend Masses on
Saturdays at 5:00pm and Sundays at 9:30 and 11:30am. You
must also pass a background check and take a Safe Environment
training course required by the Diocese of Raleigh.
If you love children and you would like to help take care of
infants through age four while their parents are at Mass, please
consider applying to become one of the newest members of our
Nursery staff.
Send your contact information and experience to:
[email protected]
Subject: Nursery Position
(full time, exempt position with benefits, flexible hours)
Specific Job skills required:
Ability to effectively communicate verbally and via computer
Working computer skills to program various control systems
Able to take verbal instructions and complete work
Knowledge of light electrical, plumbing, carpentry,
landscaping, custodial processes, HVAC systems, and
capable of heavy lifting
Ability to multi-task, effectively prioritize, and be on call during
off times
Dependable with reliable transportation
Applicants must pass background checks
Email resume with references to:
[email protected]
At Our Sister Parish
Frozen Pierogi and Kielbasa, Anyone?
We have lots in stock, friends! St. Stanislaus
Church in Castle Hayne will be selling frozen
packages of Pierogi and Kielbasa on the weekend of
December 6-7, 2014. The sale will take place in the
St. Stanislaus Parish Hall, 4849 Castle Hayne Road (Hwy 133) in
Castle Hayne on Saturday, Dec 6 from 9 to 12 noon,
and again following the 5:00 pm Mass. The sale will
continue on Sunday, Dec 7 following the 9:00 am
Mass. For more information, please call Joan at the St.
Stanislaus Parish office at 910 675-2336.
Rev. Patrick A. Keane
[email protected]
Rev. Michael J. Burbeck
[email protected]
Facilities Assistant
HOURS 9:00AM-4:00PM, Mon.—Fri.
PHONE 910 392-0720 ~ FAX 910 392-6777
WEB SITE www.stmarkcatholicchurch.com
Deacon Orlando Perez 910 398-6507
[email protected]
Sandy Ellsworth / Denise Morrison 910 398-6509
[email protected]
Church Office
Cathie Welch 910 398-6508
[email protected]
Mary Myers 910 452-2800
[email protected]
Melissa Porter 910 398-6517
PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR [email protected]
Caleb Strittmatter 910 398-6515
[email protected]
Frank DeMonte 910 398-6512
[email protected]
Alex Hill 910 398-6514
[email protected]
DIRECTOR OF Wilmington
Paul V.Radio
Abbe 910 398-6526
Anne Doyle 910 398-6511
Pre-K thru Grade 5 [email protected]
Grades 6-12
Melissa Quaranto 910 398-6510
[email protected]
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Please support our advertisers. They make this bulletin possible.
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For information, contact Cathie Welch 910 398-6508.
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Parish Life/Community
Special Announcements
Spiritual Growth
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Ken Dieppa, Chair 832 534-3772
[email protected]
Melissa Dupuis, Chair 910 619-6609
[email protected]
James Laraia, Sr.—Grand Knight
937 609-1753
Pat Conlon 910 790-3751
[email protected]
Mary Fimbel 910 319-7911
Paul Townend 910 792-1931
[email protected]
Joseph Damitz 910 686-4279
[email protected]
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Connect with the Diocese
You will find the Diocese, your favorite
ministries, parishes and schools on our
Diocesan Facebook page! Like us here:
You are invited to follow the Diocese and
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on twitter
@RaleighDiocese and @BishopBurbidge. Diocesan tweets
include current news items. Bishop Burbidge’s tweets include daily
reflections and reports from events he is attending. If you are not
on Twitter, you can still receive the Bishop’s messages by simply
texting follow bishopburbidge to phone number: 40404.
New Video Available - Who should plan for end of life and
Why In March of this year, The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh
released an Advanced Directive Document. This resource is
offered to assist the faithful in making sure that the care and
treatment at the end of a person’s life is consistent with the Catholic
faith and their personal wishes.
Go to:
Deanery and Diocesan News
Blessing of the Child in the Womb
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge will bless the children in the
womb at the 10:45 a.m. Mass at St. Catherine of Siena parish
in Wake Forest on December 21, 2014. The Office of Human
Life and Dignity and the Office of Divine Worship are encouraging
participation in this ceremony, recently released from the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to encourage parish
prayers for -- and recognition of -- the precious gift of the child in
the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society. If
you are expecting a baby and would like to receive this very
special blessing from our Bishop, please respond to Christiana at
the church office (919) 570-0070.
. . . At St. Mark
The Blessing of the Child in the Womb will take place at
Masses the week-end of December 20/21. If you are pregnant
and would like to receive this special blessing from one of our
priests, please call the church office at 910-398-6509 before
December 20 to specify which Mass you will be attending that week
Please Save this Historic Date
Mark Your Calendars
Diocesan Mass for Life, January 17 at NOON
at Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh
The annual Diocesan Mass for Life which is always held the
day of the North Carolina Rally and March for Life has a new
location and time! Join us at Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh at
Noon for Mass with Bishop Burbidge. This new tradition will allow
us to join over 1000 Diocese of Raleigh Youth in a heated tent for
It will be a wonderful event. Mark your calendars
More details will be coming soon about location and
parking. Following the Mass, the faithful are encouraged to join
the NC Rally and March for Life, also in Halifax Mall, to offer
witness to the sanctity of human life and for the protection of the
Fifth Annual Love My Life Youth Rally
On Saturday, January 17 at 10:30 the Fifth Annual
Love My Life Youth Rally will be held at Halifax Mall in
downtown Raleigh. The Rally is an opportunity for Catholic teens
to come together in celebration, to connect with others from
across the Diocese, and to learn more about living and promoting
the pro-life culture. Contact your school or youth leaders for more
information on this awesome, spirit filled event. The Diocesan
Respect Life mass will immediately follow at noon. All of these
events will be held in a heated tent!
Washington D.C. March for Life
Join faithful from across the Diocese for the North
Carolina Mass and March for Life on Thursday, January
22 in Washington D.C. This year, in the Diocese of Raleigh, over
30 buses from parishes and schools are expected to make the
trip. The day begins with Mass with Bishops Michael Burbidge of
the Raleigh Diocese and Bishop Peter Jugis of the Charlotte
Diocese along with hundreds of priests and deacons at the
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at 11:30 a.m. The march
on the mall follows with several hundred thousand people from
across the United States. There may be some seats available on
some of the buses from parishes across the Diocese.
For information about getting a seat on a bus,
contact the Office of Human Life and Dignity
at [email protected]
Looking at the Year Ahead
World Meeting of Families and
Don’t miss the fall registration for the World
Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Sept. 2227, 2015! Text “world” to 51555 for up to the minute updates and
visit: http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/plan-your-visit/register/
All families will need to register individually through their website
according to the WMF organizers. Hotel rooms will be available to
those who register first. Weekend rates will surely climb if there is
an official announcement of the Pope’s visit.
Available Support
“I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you
with the Holy Spirit." Have you invited the Holy Spirit
into your marriage? The next Worldwide Marriage
Encounter Weekends are Feb 6-8, 2015 in Asheville,
NC and May 1-3, 2015 in Charlotte, NC. Early sign up
is highly recommended.
For more information visit our website at:
or contact us at
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or phone us at 704-315-2144
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